Is Your Network Performance Red or Green?
Sep 20, 2021
Like many other groups within the enterprise, a lack of usable data has made it difficult for IT teams to develop a reliable picture of their networks health and performance. Today, the problem has evolved—organizations often have plenty of data but still not enough insight. The burgeoning volumes of information on tap for
To take advantage of increased data availability, enterprises need better tools to ingest and analyze the data. But beyond that, they also need a way to bubble meaningful insights to the top so they can evaluate and act on them. Many organizations have already built analytics capabilities focused on their core business. Now its time to leverage those same capabilities and apply them to network management.
The investment to build an analytics practice within an organization is substantial. Its no surprise that core business needs drive how these practices are structured. In addition, even those more traditional analytics models trained toward network performance and management are largely designed around business intelligence (BI).
Forward-looking enterprises have begun shifting their analytics efforts away from BI and are instead setting their sights on decision intelligence.
Understanding your business is just the beginning—using that insight to make the right decisions and take the right actions at the right time is where the real value lurks.
So how can you move from analytics to action?
The right next actions aren’t always clear when an organization reviews its analytics. To form the necessary connections and optimize network performance, enterprises need a way to identify the most meaningful metrics. Part of that is understanding how those data points translate to outcomes, and that’s where an experienced MSP can help flag the signals that matter most to each business.
Begin with a plan
Best-in-breed tooling is a valuable component in transitioning from applying analytics to applying results-oriented actions. The right solution can ingest targeted information and provide much-needed insight about your network. You’ll then be able to spot trends and opportunities to increase performance.
- How are network devices performing?
- How are applications performing?
- What operational or other changes have been made recently?
- What is the current capacity from a bandwidth and route perspective?
These metrics, along with other key statistics, will show you far more that if your network is red or green. You’ll understand how efficiently the network is operating on a daily basis and if your infrastructure and applications are delivering good end user value. With that information in hand, you can finally migrate from simply reviewing data to acting on it, knowing how the changes you make will impact performance.
Example: A retailer wants to deliver a new cloud-delivered ML application that ships data from its stores to the cloud, processes them and then ships them back to the individual locations for decisions. First they need to know if they have the bandwidth to deploy this strategy. By leverage their analytics and prioritizing the effects the change will have on existing users and services and how it interplays with core services such as voice and payment processing, the firm can optimize its network performance and confidently move forward with its new video processing application.
Understand current network trends to make positive changes
Gathering the right data is still key, of course. Enterprises must have a thorough understanding of their network and end-to-end observability. Information is the foundation and there needs to be a continued emphasis on pulling in the right datasets to drive that knowledge. With a solid base of information in place, you can move toward implementing the technology and tools to apply analytics across the entire network, not just on a site-by-site or system-by-system basis.
Optimize costs and improve network performance based on your goals
Finally, with an understanding of what your business wants to accomplish, including remediation and capacity planning, you can use the perspective gained from your analytics to ensure you’re spending optimally in the areas that will have the greatest positive influence on reaching your goals. Whether your strategy is centered around increasing the use of cloud services or building greater resiliency in key locations, your organization will have the data needed to improve performance in the areas that matter most.